The Pink Tower

The Pink Tower is introduced to a 2-1/2 year old shortly after joining the class and consists of 10 wooden pink cubes graded in size (differing in length, breadth and height). The sides of the cubes range from 1cm to 10cm.
The child is shown (by actions, not words) how to build them into a tower on a mat starting with the largest first, then each cube in order of size. The child is then encouraged to build it. The Pink Tower is one of the Sensorial Materials designed by Dr Maria Montessori to help children clarify the sensorial experiences s/he has already had. The materials are designed in such a way that the child's mind is focused on one particular quality. The Pink Tower concentrates on the sense of sight and the concept of size.

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Wooden Frame Rods

Wooden frame on which are pinned two flaps of cloth with a zip sewn in the middle between the flaps, holding them together.

Objectives

Direct Aims - To teach a child how to zip and unzip.

Indirect Aims - To develop the child's:

 

Approximate age - from 2 ½ years onwards.

Presentation - This is an individual presentation

 

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Number Rods

If the stair is correctly built the child will be able to name the rods from one to ten in the correct order. If the stair is built incorrectly, the stair will not be a smooth ascending stair, so visually, the child could see that it was not built correctly.

It was designed to:


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Metal Insets for Language

This material was created to help develop the child’s muscles for holding a pencil correctly. It will also help to:

Children normally find difficulty in the beginning but will improve with practice. Encourage the child to practice often. Pay special attention to the child’s writing position and pencil grip to ensure the development of good writing habits.

These exercises are presented over a period of time as the child’s control of the pencil increases.

‘These drawings perfect a child’s skill in that they oblige him to draw lines of different lengths and make him ever more skillful and sure in the use of this hands… I do not believe that any means could be found more efficacious in gaining such a victory in less time and which could afford so much amusement to a child. " Discovery of the Child, Maria Montessori, Chapter 15.

Approximate Age: 3 to 4 years

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Spindle Boxes - Mathematics

Spindle boxes are wooden boxes with ten compartments with numerals 0 to 9 written at the back of the box.

The objective is to give the child further practice in associating each numeral with the right number situation, and to introduce
the number and concept of 0.

When the exercise is completed, teacher shows the child how to place the materials back to its original place on the shelf. Teacher explains to the child that the materials must be returned to its place so that others may work on it and that he may work on the materials anytime he wishes to, on his own.

Approximate age: 3 and above.

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Colour Tablets

11 pairs of the colors red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple, brown, pink, grey, black and white in an easy to access wooden box. Color Tablets with 22 Tablets 2º setEach tablet has wooden frames to facilitate handling.

This introduces the child to primary, secondary and tertiary colours. Experience with the boxes of colour tablets refines the chromatic sense and enriches the vocabulary.

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Pink tower
Wooden frame boards
Number rods
Metal insets for language
Spindle boxes for mathematics
Colour tablets